Would love to hear some discussion of the tackle in the 77th min of the ABs v Lions game. The law is 10.4, but if this is applied then surely there are many in game situations which could be penalised, especially around the goal line.
Law 10.4 Dangerous play and misconduct (e): "Dangerous tackling. A player must not tackle an opponent whose feet are off the ground
All the best,
The referee stated that the penalty was for tackling the player in the air. The player was receiving a badly thrown pass and jumped to take the pass.
By the letter of the law the referee was correct, however The Rugby Ref believes this is a dangerous precedent to set. If all a player has to do is jump when he sees a tackle coming in, so that his feet are off the ground when he gets tackled, and gets a penalty kick as a result, then The Rugby Ref believes the game would become unplayable.
Both your feet are off the ground quite a lot when you are running, but we don't penalise tackles on people who are running.
It may be that the referee gave the penalty for dangerous play since the tackler didn't wrap the ball carrier, but if that is the case, then his wording didn't help the situation at all.
The Rugby Ref